Today, it was announced that JJ Abrams would be producing a new Superman reboot film for Warner Brothers and DC Comics. The director was first attached to direct Superman: Flyby back in the early 2000s before the studio pivoted towards Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh. The new reboot is expected to have a person-of-color play Superman to add diversity to the character. The new film will also be written by author Ta-Nehisi Coates who is working on Wrong Answer with director Ryan Coogler.
In the comics, the “Superman” of Earth-2 was Val-Zod and becomes a hero in his own right. However, some fans state it could again be another origin story centered on a black Clark Kent. According to Variety, actor Michael B. Jordan in 2019 spoke with the studio about developing a black Superman film. That deal fell through, but the studio could circle back around to the actor in this new iteration. Michael B Jordan will also produce Static for DC and Milestone Comics.
Interestingly, enough it has been revealed by DC Films head Walter Hamada that Matt Reeve’s The Batman takes place o Earth-2 in the DC multiverse. We at Knight Edge Media reveal earlier this week that LexCorp and Superman will be referenced in that film. It will be interesting if this new Superman occurs within Matt Reeve’s Batman film starring Robert Pattinson. It’s unknown where this leaves Man of Steel star Henry Cavill. Some suggest he is Earth Prime’s Superman and fans still want him to return for a sequel with director Zack Snyder. It’s simply unknown at this point…
JJ Abrams Superman has no set release date